Top 10 Architectural Wonders

1. Great Pyramids of Giza-Cairo, Egypt

The pyramids dwarf every other man made wonder. Humankind was only able to create taller structures in the past two centuries. To this day mystery still surrounds the pyramids origins.

Wikipedia: Great Pyramid of Giza Complex

Explore the Pyramids

2. Taj Mahal-Agra, Utter Pradesh. India

The world's most famous symbol in the world of romance has been around for only 350 years. The mausoleum was built under Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan's rule as a tomb for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal.

Wikipedia: Taj Mahal

Treasures of the World: Taj Mahal

3. Roman Colosseum-Rome, Italy

The Colosseum is a icon to Ancient Rome and a lasting monument to the Roman Empire, one of the greatest civilizations of all-time. It was the world's first major sports stadium and during its prime it held 50,000 spectators.

Wikipedia: Roman Colisseum

The Roman Colosseum

4. Great Wall of China, Beijing Province, China

The Great Wall of China is the world largest man-made structure and is visible from space.

Wikipedia: Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China: Tangible, Intangible, and Destructible

5. Easter Island Statues

The Easter Island statues "moai" are located on the world's most remote island. Many of statues are over 50 feet tall and weigh more than 75 tonnes each.

Wikipedia: Easter Island Statues

NOVA Online | Secrets of Easter Island

6. Machu Picchu-Peru

Machu Picchu "lost city of the Incas" is the most famous legacy of the Incan empire. It's isolation add to its grander with an altitude surpassing 2400 meters.

Wikipedia: Machu Picchu

Rediscover Machu Picchu, the lost Inca city in the Andean clouds!

7. Angkor Wat-Cambodia

Camodia's most famous temple was originally Hindu but it was converted to a Buddhist temple. It's construction took 25, 000 workers and the temple is surrounded by a massive mount.

Wikipedia: Angkor

Angkor Archaeological Park

8. Petra-Jordan

The lost city of stone wasn't discovered by the western world till the 19th century. It's most famous appearance was in the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".

Wikipedia: Petra

Petra: Lost City of Stone

9. Djenne Mosque, Mali

Timbuktu is a fabled city that many people believe doesn't exist. "Here to Timbuktu" is an expression given to a long journey. Just North of Timbuktu is its sister city of trade, the Djenne Mosque, the world's largest mud structure in the world.

Wikipedia: Great Mosque of Djenne

Road to Timbuktu

10. Chichen Itza- Mexico

The world's most well known pyramid in the Western Hemisphere. The Mayan pyramid measured the days of the year with its 365 steps.

Wikipedia: Chichen Itza

Ancient Observatories: Chichén Itzá

Related Links:

Top 10 Natural Wonders in the World

Trek to the Himalayas

Culture Shock

External Links:

Guardian Art and Design

World Heritage List

List of Largest Buildings in the world

Updated: January 2, 2011
Created: November 24, 2007 Creations 2003-2012